How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)

Joylandi 6-Noy, 2019
A 9,500 year old burial in Cyprus represents some of the oldest known evidence of human/cat companionships anywhere in the world. But when did this close relationship between humans and cats start? And how did humans help cats take over the world?
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  • one thing is for sure, cats domesticated the internet

  • Meow.

  • Right Meow? That supposed to be some kind of joke at my expense? OFFENDED!

  • I suspect that 8 month old cat did something that killed both of them and scattered seashells all over the floor. Just sayin.

  • Honestly I think Schools would love to show this. Maybe even just get them to rewatch your videos or some of them. Honestly there are a lot better teachers on youtube than public schools. Your videos are perfect for elementary, kids would love to see this kind of stuff in my opinion.

  • Much gorgeous! 🐾💖

  • Very interesting, but you’re wrong from the title...cats have domesticated us 😅😉

  • that's why cats are awesome, they still look like their ancestors, therefore still capable and amazing, with the exception of persians and munchkins which are man-made abominations, how's that even legal, it's sad

  • Humans DID NOT domesticate cats. Cats domesticated themselves.

  • Cats be havin' sex super quick. You'll here a quick RAWR!!! and then they're done.

  • They will never be fully domesticated they should stay in the wild where they belong

  • This might be an odd topic, but would it be possible to cover the evolution of diseases? Like the oldest known ailments found in fossils, to the mysterious emergence of the bubonic plague? Or if that's not enough to work with, you could cover the evolution of the immune system and allergies!

  • Please do an episode for when carnivorous plants ruled the earth

  • Me when I'm sober: PBS Eons Me when I'm high: Bill Wurtz

  • Somehow USA has to find everything's origin in Egypt, even if you find it somewhere else you must find another one in Egypt.

  • Sorry, but cats domesticated humans.

  • Poor cat was murdered

  • Just as a point of reference here regarding feral cats, when they were introduced to the Americas they wiped out several native species of bird. Wiped out as in extinct. With any other such introduction of a non-native species causing that much environmental damage we would have considered them a pest and had them eradicated. Just food for thought

  • I want to go to Cyprus now

  • These cats are so adorable TvT

  • @PBS Eons, I know you already made a video on Ediacran life, but could you make a video talking about the divergence of animals and fungi (or holozoa and holomycota?)?! Thank you!

  • I hate cats

  • but really DID WE?!!!

  • Much peed on my playstation

  • "we" domesticated cats. they chose this.

  • I started with PBS Space Time, and now I'm hooked to PBS Eons... I don't really know if I want or should check if there're more

  • Ancient human used cats to clean their mess within their settlements but what's happening today?

  • Can we domesticate crocodiles

  • Who else here is from Cyprus? We the kitty island of Europe. 😊🐱🐈

  • See the disgusting bent spine ‘ideal’ German Shepherd pic at time 5:00?

  • Cats are still kill for thrill animals. That has never been bread out of them. They kill to kill, not just to eat.. Australia has a real problem with feral cats.. harmless animals in Australia that have lived there for thousands of years like the koala bear and the sloth are being wiped out by feral cats. it is not known how many species of indigenous animals that have lived in Australia for thousands of years have already been wiped out by the cat ...

  • I live in cyprus and ı have 5 cats

  • Is a cat actually "domesticated"? I mean, usualy we use "domesticated" on lifeforms, that have, from one point onwards, an evolution that is controlled by humans instead of nature and by this clearly differ to the non-domesticated variant by DNA. Humans domesticated wheat/corn and fruits and vegetables, horses and sheep and goats and dogs. But cats? If cats are domesticated, then the genepool of house cats would need to be different from the genepool of wild cats. Their genepool would need to be optimized for a life alongside humans. (Like dogs genepool is. Human took a wolf and cleansed the genepool from everything he doesnt like and then he picked very rare genetical traits that he liked and made them so common that every single dog has them. THATS what is called "Domesticated". Thats totaly different from "tame". "Tame" is = the animal has LEANED to exist alongside humans. "Domesticated" means, the animals DNA was altered to perfectly exist alongside humans. Thats why one usualy warns from "tame" wild animals. BEcause their DNA is still wild, they can suddenly turn back to wild behavior. Domesticated animals should have that behavior removed from their genepool. At least mostly.

  • Human cant domesticate cats cats domesticates humans

  • 9500 years ago he had a boat !! How did he get to Cyprus

  • Think about the 18 hundreds where cats will hunt rabbits and flay them for you oh wait that was 1997 for me

  • This story is just one big play on words.

  • Dumping grounds, just like the British dumping pigeons everywhere.

  • are you sure the cats did not domesticate humans ^_-

  • Cars rule the word

  • You guys got anything on the peopling of the Americas ?

  • I have a question for a video! Why do some Asian peoples have thin eyes?

  • Yes well, if they were 10 times larger our relationship with them would be somewhat different ...

  • Do a video on evolution of ants

  • I saw a feral cat in a plantation yesterday, I was happy to see cats living in natural habitats.

  • Cats: "How We Domesticated Humans (Twice)"

  • Meow

  • we domesticated them twice because they wanted in, then wanted out, then wanted in again

  • The cats chose us and we never chose them.there the boses

  • What is this guy talking about. There are way more than six hundred million people on the planet.

  • Leave that guys pet alone jezz

  • I am just going to say this and get it off my chest. This is a total ripoff of, "Today I found out"! Total rip off. I think if you look at the earlier episodes of that show though.... you have to say they are stupid. Hopefully this show gets it's own flavor.

  • Humans reading: *How we domesticated cats twice* Cats reading: *how we domesticated humans twice*

  • Ancient human: Hey cat. Domesticate? Ancient cat: I do what I want.

  • good video

  • Cyprus is The Pentagon for cats...planning to take over the world.

  • I leave faucet dripping so if I die kitty has water. She loves faucet water.

  • so can we undomesticate them again pls

  • So I have 5 cats and they are outdoor and indoor cats and if we leave home for weeks at a time they can survive on there own by hunting and eating they also make there own shelter but if they want they also come inside and chill with us and eat from the food we give them so are they domesticated or not?

  • They are definitely not domesticated lol. I had a house cat from birth and when I tell you that was a damn wild cat. Even after being neutered. He ran away after 4 years. Probably out here living his best life.